Mantissa (Back Bay Books) [John Fowles] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Mantissa (), a novelist awakes in the hospital with. Serious modern fiction has only one subject: the difficulty of writing serious modern fiction.” So says Fowles’ alter-ego here. And, if that idea was. In Fowles’s latest novel, however, the heroine’s part in this catalytic process is less easy to determine. For in Mantissa Fowles was not content merely.

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All his theories about novel and the historical details about British novelists and poets exceeded my humble knowledge. Fowles had unaccountabl “Mantissa” means essentially an unnecessary verbal addendum.

The dialogues were complex and was too tedious to keep up with the deflection and segues that I could not understand. Miles responds with lectures on the modern novel. This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be. I enjoyed the symbolic room which brought the reader into the fictional writer’s brain. A most sublime read for those interested in such topics; fowes perhaps a gruelling bore to those who aren’t.

Because the doctor is suddenly transformed into Erato, Muse of love-poetry and fiction: Bloated with fowes and self-referential in the most smug way possible. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Even the muse Erata tells him “In my entire four thousand years I’ve never met such arrogance.


Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged me.

He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. I don’t think it’d change anyone’s life. After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years. Mantissa is a novel where a writer ostensibly meets his muse — and this is quite symptomatic because Mantissa is a book in which his muse had left John Fowles.

May 14, Travelin rated it liked it.

It is a boring, pretentious and uninspiring read. It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which presented the foles of his previous works.

Mantissa by John Fowles

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner. It’s one of those things where you feel like you’ve been hanging out at someone’s house for dinner and you realize they’ve spent the last three hours talking about how Seriously Awesome they are in every way, and you just want to go home and forget the evening entirely because there was nothing of actual value in the whole thing.


To ask other readers questions about Mantissaplease sign up. In Mantissaa novelist awakes in mangissa hospital with amnesia — and comes to believe that a beautiful female doctor is, in fact, his muse.

Wormholesa book of essays, was published in May But don’t try to think in addition. Miles Green wakes up in a hospital bed, apparently afflicted with amnesia; soon a lovely doctor and a sexy nurse are matter-of-factly administering therapeutic sex to the outraged patient.

There he conversed, warred and made love with his fictional female character in ping pong fashion. Jan 05, Beth rated it really liked it. Happily, the “meta” part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued. Fowles self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs. Feb 23, Connor rated it did not like it. One of the most surprising, unexpected, inventive and -yes – funny books I have read in a while.

I’m amazed, because I usually mantsisa Fowles’s work so engaging.


Refresh and try again. Fowles admitted it was a bagatelle, a mere side-note novel hence the titlebut I found the book more satisfying than that. Preview — Mantissa by John Fowles.